When DI Barton is asked to investigate a seemingly innocuous fire that kills, he believes it’s either children fooling around or a worrying racially motivated crime.
As he delves deeper into the case, he soon realises that there is a history of similar blazes spread out over many years, all within a close area. And after an idea is suggested by pathologist Mortis, Barton
suspects he has the arsonist’s motives wrong.
When a night worker comes forward with a tip, Barton narrows down the suspects. Yet all of them act suspiciously and he knows for sure that one or more of them are lying. And when a huge house blaze shocks everyone, Barton fears the killer has lost all control.
Who is The Fire Killer? What will be next to burn?
Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of ten crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves
for four years. He lives in Peterborough.
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My thoughts: another outing for DI Barton and his team, this time on the trail of a serial arsonist, after a woman’s body is found in a burnt out skip. Dark, twisted and a bit disturbing. Fire is a primal thing and most people are either drawn to it or afraid of – perhaps a bit of both.
Set during lockdown, which helps narrow the suspect pool a bit as most people stayed close to home, even the supposedly victimless bin fire that follows the skip isn’t entirely free from damaging a life. The killer’s guilt doesn’t drive them to turn themselves in and there’s a worrying link to a county lines drug case from London too.
Barton’s family are getting a dog and he wants to be home with them, getting to know their new family member, but this case keeps drawing him back in. After a house fire that almost kills an old lady, it’s time to really put some pressure on the suspects.
Gripping and highly entertaining, it’s another slice of the dark side of Peterborough’s otherwise quite pleasant cathedral city.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.